01 30

So you want to write a poem

so you want to write a poem

"So You Want to Be a Writer"By Charles Bukowski




if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.


This poem goes hand-in-hand with Bukowski's motto and quote on his tombstone: "Don't Try." At first one thinks this is a message of laziness and lack of ambition, but it's really not. What he means is while writing, it shouldn't be a difficult, stressful thing you need to TRY to accomplish, but rather it should just happen. This poem shows how passionate Bukowski was in his writing and kind of how other writers bother him. I couldn't agree more with his philosophy, even when it comes to writing school papers. I think it kind of defeats the purpose of writing when teachers put a minimum page requirement on assignments, although I understand that if they didn't most kids would just take the easy way out.

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Well, it's not exactly sweat we talked about, but more what was implied in transpiration. The more I thought about it, the superior doubter I became. When we spoke, He was up in Heaven and I down on Earth, which after a while gave me a crick in the neck requiring the ingestion of a dozen ibuprofens to calm down the muscles holding up my collarbone followed by some stretching on a lounging chair. We spoke at length about poetry and how inspiring

it must be and how the language ought be if not esoteric then sufficiently intertwined to slip by the IBPC jury. Now, looking straight up what flabbergasted me most was not His dangling feet on the side of the parapet dividing Hell from Heaven but the glaring sight of His grimy sole.


if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

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